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Urban Farming Session at Rutgers Day

On Saturday, April 30th at 10:00 a.m., one of our favorite farmers and soil scientists will be presenting a session on “Urban Farming and Homesteading” at Rutgers Day.

Dr. Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Soil Science at Rutgers University where he teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology.  A current research focus is on sustaining soil fertility with improvements in nutrient cycling and composting – including how backyard poultry can help improve soil fertility.  One of his hobbies is organic micro-farming; he also keeps a small flock of chickens and has been developing a chicken tractor system to integrate them into his overall management system.

We’re very grateful to Dr. Heckman for giving us some time to introduce Eggzy earlier this year at NOFA New Jersey’s Winter Conference during his session on Backyard Chickens, and we recommend everyone check out his Rutgers Day session “Urban Farming and Homesteading”. The session will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 30th at the Floriculture Greenhouse on the Cook/Douglass campus of Rutgers University.

Dr. Heckman also publishes “The Soil Profile” newsletter. His latest edition is of particular interest to backyard flock owners, focusing on nutrient management for pastured poultry.

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